How can I speed up the decision on my Social Security claim?

It can take a long time to get approved for disability benefits; several years for many claimants (applicants). However, there are a number of methods to speed up the process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will expedite the processing of SSI and/or SSDI claims that meet certain requirements, typically where a certain medical or financial condition is present. Additionally, there are several options for expediting the resolution of claims are at the hearing level. Continue reading “How can I speed up the decision on my Social Security claim?”

What are the chances my Social Security claim will be approved?

You may have heard that everyone gets denied the first time they apply for Social Security disability benefits. Though this is slight hyperbole, it unfortunately is not far from the truth. Continue reading “What are the chances my Social Security claim will be approved?”

Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act

In 2017, Congress passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The intent of the Appeals Modernization Act is to simplify and streamline the VA appeals process and resolve appeals faster. Currently, veterans pursuing appeals of VA Disability Compensation benefits decisions can wait up to about 5 years before they receive a final decision. So how will this new appeals process impact veterans thinking about or currently appealing their claims? Continue reading “Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act”

The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?

Only about 25% of applicants for Social Security disability benefits, SSI and SSDI, are approved the first time they apply. For the 75% of applicants who are denied, there are four levels of appeal: Reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge hearing, Appeals Council review, and filing a civil suit in Federal Court. This post will focus on the first appeal: the reconsideration. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?”